- US pledged total of $10.6 billion in aid to Mexico and Central America Tuesday
- Money will promote better security and job opportunities in the region
- Aims to stem the flow of migrants traveling toward the US border with Mexico
- Announcement on changes to Mexico’s migration policy was postponed
- Mexican foreign relations secretary calls package ‘very good news for Mexico’
- Comes as Trump signaled that he would take less than $5B asked for border wall
The United States pledged $5.8 billion in aid and investment Tuesday for strengthening government and economic development in Central America, and another $4.8 billion in development aid for southern Mexico.
The U.S aid aims to promote better security conditions and job opportunities as part of a regional plan to allow Central Americans and Mexicans to remain in their countries and not have to emigrate.
It came as the White House signaled that Trump would accept less than the $5 billion he had been demanding to fund a southern border wall, as the threat of a partial government shutdown looms.
The stark contrast drew outrage from conservatives, who questioned why the U.S. should be increasing aid to its southern neighbors while the Trump administration struggles to wring border security funding out of Congress.
‘Well there you go. No $5B for southern wall but $10.6B to others. How angry are you?’ conservative radio host Wayne Dupree wrote on Twitter.